A Pretty Woman tale turns deadly in this provocative tale of sex, obsession and murder from the bestselling author of The Party.
Natalie, an art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not find a sugar daddy – a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and a monthly allowance. All that’s required is to look pretty. Sexual favours are optional.
Gabe, a handsome finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate and within a month they are madly in love. At least, Nat is – Gabe already has a family, who he has no intention of leaving.
When he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking Gabe and his family. Their supposedly mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession and, when a body is found near Gabe’s Upper East Side apartment, murder.
‘An insider’s look into the world of sugar daddies … full of shocking revelations, volatile characters, and vice. Look out: The Arrangement will blow your mind.’ Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl
‘A nightmarish deep dive into the underbelly of a secret world. Rivetingly dark, The Arrangement delivers on every level – a shocking premise, a forbidden obsession, and a plot that builds slowly and masterfully escalates to a chilling end. Prepare to be blindsided.’ Heather Gudenkauf, author of These Things Happen
This disappointing melodrama from Harding (Her Pretty Face) finds college art student Natalie "Nat" Murphy, who's moved from her small hometown of Blaine, Wash., where she had a miserable childhood, to New York City, at her lowest. She's friendless, close to losing her scholarship, and in danger of being evicted because her roommates are sick of her excess drinking, bringing home random men, and being behind on her rent and other bills. A classmate suggests an option a website connecting young women ("sugar babies") with wealthy men ("daddies"), who pay for companionship, but not necessarily sex. Reluctantly, Nat enters "the sugar bowl." Nat believes she has hit the jackpot with Gabe Turnmill, whose generosity includes giving Nat a new apartment. Nat quickly falls in love with Gabe, and their breakup puts her in a downward spiral of obsession that leads to violence. Nat's na vet , however, borders on stupidity, and, given her slovenly habits, the sugar baby angle is a bit of a stretch. The arrogant Gabe, his wallet aside, is no catch. Lifetime movies have more tension and twists than this clich d novel with its cardboard characters.
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Couldn’t put it down.
I started reading this after I saw it in a bookstore and couldn’t get it out of mind when I left. Once I got home I picked it up and couldn’t put it down finishing it in one day. Well worth the read and brilliantly written. It had me guessing and questioning throughout.
Wow - Literally couldn’t put down!
Fantastic novel, read it within half a day!